Archive for November, 2007

What’s in your wallet?


Got tagged by Sardonicnell. So, what’s in my wallet?

  • Gift cards for Trader Joe’s, American Express and Landmark Theater
  • 2 Washington Mutual Debit Mastercard / WFB not shown
  • Department Store Cards: Nordy’s, Macys & Sears (not shown)
  • Membership Cards: Costco & PetCo
  • Most Important: Starbuck’s (time to reload . . . it’s down to about 5 bucks)
  • Driver’s License
  • Nanay’s remembrance/prayer card
  • Receipts & ATM statements stashed inside
  • Pictures behind the flap along with checkbook (not shown)
  • My red Levinger pen (out of ink) [no, don’t have MontBlanc. . . ]
  • As of Friday, 11/20 . . . 2 bucks to my name, but it’s “Pay-Day” too!
  • Business Cards (mine and others) stashed somewhere inside thee wallet

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blueberry-muffin.jpgYup . . . that’s exactly what they are called. I was in one of my baking mode this morning at 5:30 a.m. so I decided to bake some blueberry muffins. JP had wanted me to bake him the Blueberry Coffeecake a while back but I thought I’d do muffins instead. I quickly went on-line and “googled” Blueberry Muffins. This is the first recipe that appeared on the top which means this is my first attempt at this recipe as well. It’s definitely a keeper. The good part is that it only calls for 1 egg and the butter is only used for the “crumb” topping (which is still something I have to work on . . . can’t seem to get the “topping” part.) Note: I didn’t have fresh blueberries this time so I used the frozen organic blueberries from Trader Joe’s. I like to have a bag or two of the frozen berries to keep on hand for “moments” like this. 🙂 ) This recipe appears in the Allrecipes “Tried & True Favorites” Cookbook.

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“Big blueberry flavor warrants big muffins, so fill the cups right up for oversized muffins that will please everyone. The cinnamon-sugar streusel is the crowning glory.” Yields: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.

Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.

To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.


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that KV was finally able to “capture” Tina and hold her.  I don’t think Tina had a chance to hide this time unlike the gazillion times that  KV has been to our house . . . as soon as Tina would hear KV’s voice, she’d run.  But again, this was the first time since we brought Tina home (back in June or July 1999) that KV got to hold her.


Tina is saying:  ” Please let me down!  I beg of you! “


KV is saying:  “OK, Tina, look at the camera.”


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Just for Bril . . .

I changed the header on my blog.  Bril thought I should have something “Christmas.”  And so . . . this is what I found on the web.  At least it has “red” tulips!

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Last Sunday afternoon when I went downstairs to check up on my (darn)  laundry, I saw Toby and Tina both asleep on the couch.  I hurriedly went back upstairs hoping that I wouldn’t wake them up so I can get my camera and take this “Kodak” moment of them two . . .

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Although things are not perfect;

Because of trials or pain;

Continue in thanksgiving;

Do not begin to blame;

Even when the times are hard;

Fierce winds are bound to blow;

God is forever able;

Hold on to what you know;

Imagine life without His love;

Joy would cease to be;

Keep thanking Him for all the things;

Love imparts to thee;

Move out of “Camp Complaining”;

No weapon that is known;

On earth can yield the power;

Praise can do alone;

Quit looking at the future;

Redeem the time at hand;

Start every day with worship;

To “thank” is a command;

Until we see Him coming;

Victorious in the sky;

We’ll run the race with gratitude;

Xalting God most high;

Yes, there’ll be good times & yes some will be bad, but…

Zion waits in glory . . . where none are ever sad! – – – author unknown



This was e-mailed to me by my sis-in-law (Leth) . It didn’t have a title, so I gave it one and added a picture that I took a while back at the Port.  Hope this inspirational piece brings enlightenment to all of you.

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toby-santa.jpgYes, I had Toby take a picture with Santa . . . but believe me it was just by chance. I had about 30 minutes or so to “kill” time while I waited for AC who was at her school watching a basketball game yesterday . . . so I headed off to the “out-door” mall to walk around with Toby. As we neared Santa’s photo booth (inside a small log-cabin like house), Santa’s helpers came out to play with Toby. They told me to bring Toby inside to see if he would sit on Santa’s lap. Seriously I hesitated but gave in. They said I didn’t have to purchase the photo if I didn’t want to, so I figured I had nothing to loose. Toby was such a good boy that he didn’t even bark at the helpers nor at Santa . . . all covered with that white beard of his and red suit. After taking 3 shots, I chose this one.

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